Our biggest fear with regards to robots – after Skynet becoming sentient and them rising up to kill us all – is that they will take our jobs.
It makes sense really – why would any employer pay someone an hourly rate, along with holiday and sick pay, when they can simply make a one-off purchase of a robot, which can do the exact same job 24/7 with no breaks, no days off and no lowered output on days they’re under the weather.
However, according to RobotEnomics, robots are creating far more jobs than they are costing.
Our research shows 76 companies that implemented industrial or factory/warehouse robots actually increased the number of employees by 294,000 over the last 3 years. Amazon, famed for the acquisition of Kiva Robotics, has in fact added more than 89,000 new staff to its payroll over the last three years

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Our drone tries to protect the goal against a shot going 67 mph. Here’s how that worked out.We took some drones out for a spin to test their durability under extreme (and not so extreme) conditions. In this battle, our drone goes up against a soccer ball flying at 67 mph.Read Full Story

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How do you make a drone that can navigate through a forest? By putting it in a cage, then letting it bump into whatever it wants.Some UAVs may soon land on power-lines, deliver cars, and save lives, but flying through the unpredictable wreckage of a disaster area has been, until now, too dangerous for your average hexacopter.An article in the Journal of Field Robotics describes the first tests of the GimBall, a drone that appears pretty indestructable, even during flight. The drone is designed to literally collide with objects and continue moving. To make this possible, the team trades obstacle-detecting sensors for a spherical rigid frame that can roll on and around obstacles while in flight, protect against debris, and propel it along the ground

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Image: AmazonSo, when are commercial drones finally going to be implemented on a widespread basis in American skies in a legal, Federal Aviation Administration-approved way? Maybe never. A scathing new Inspector General report suggests that the office of the FAA tasked with integrating drones into the national air space is in disarray and suggests that the agency has so many hurdles to clear before drones can be safely integrated nationwide that it believes the day drones become commonplace may never come.”While it is certain that the FAA will accommodate [drone] operations at limited locations, it is uncertain when and if full integration of [drones] into the National Air Space will occur,” the report, released late last week by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, said.That’s the first I’ve ever heard of the possibility that the FAA might never meet its Congressionally-mandated obligation to allow drones to operate commercially in the National Air Space. Companies such as Amazon would presumably want to use drones nationwide, not in “limited locations

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The “People’s UAV,” paid for by crowdfunding, will watch the Ukraine-Russia border.


In a strange case of crowdfunding meets national defense, a group of Ukrainians have launched a website to help fund the construction of a fleet of drones to patrol the country’s border with Russia. The People’s Project has successfully raised approximately $36,000 to build an initial squadron of 10 “People’s UAVs”—autonomous octocopter drones equipped with cameras

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